See you on Sunday!
ATTENTION! PLACES, EVERYONE! ST ANDREW’S DAY IS NEXT SUNDAY, NOV 22!
This year, we’re inviting everyone we know who has been involved at St Andrew’s Church in some way over the years, to celebrate and thank them for helping us to become who we are today. If YOU know anyone who has ever graced our church in the past, go ahead—invite them to come, and make sure to RSVP so we know. Married or baptized here? Used to sing in the choir? Used to serve as an acolyte as a youngster? They’re all welcome! Invitations are going out this week—so please RSVP the Church Office when you get yours, to let us know how many you’ll be! NOTE: ONE SERVICE THAT DAY, 9:00 AM—AND NO SUNDAY SCHOOL OR NURSERY THAT WEEK…
“GIVING THANKS: LIVING A LIFE OF GRATITUDE” is the theme for our campaign of stewardship this year. Pledge cards have been mailed out, so please read the letter and follow the instructions BEFORE you fill it out. Your gift to St Andrew’s Church is a gift to us all—as you are—and for our generations to come.
OUR ALTERNATIVE SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE is EASY to remember: on the FIRST AND THIRD SUNDAYS each month at 4:00 pm, we’ll be offering something completely new and different for worship at 4:00 pm here at your favorite church. On the FIRST Sunday each month, we’ll be joined by Sara Piazza on guitar in the church, and on the THIRD Sunday, we’ll be blessed by the talents of Joanne Cassidy on vocals, and Wes Nagy on keyboards, in the Parish Hall. Each service will have a different liturgy and feel—so come on out and try both—and bring a friend or two! NEXT NEW CHURCH SERVICE: next Sunday, Parish Hall, 4pm.
OUR NEXT MONTHLY MENS BREAKFAST MEETING is NEXT Saturday, November 21, 8:00 am in the Parish Hall. Please make a note of it, and come hungry and bring a friend or two!
SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OUR NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL—AND PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME! We are delighted to have with us, as our new Sunday School Director, Sara Piazza—and hope to build our program week by week! Please bring the kiddoes (age 4-10) over to the Parish House AT NINE O’CLOCK AM—NOTE THE NEW TIME—and make it a life-giving, formative habit for your young’uns! Have parent friends who might like to try it out? Ask them to join you and see for themselves!
OUR HOSPITALITY HOMES MINISTRY, working with folks from other faith communities on the island to provide shelter for the unhoused during the winter of 2016, is really catching on! If you are considering being a volunteer for housing our island’s unhoused during the winter—or just want to know more about it—PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR VOLUNTEER LIST WHICH YOU MAY FIND ONE AT THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH, OR IN THE PARISH HALL.
ISLAND-WIDE YOUTH CONTINUES HERE AT ST ANDREW’S! Now beginning its second year, The Net, an ecumenical, Christian faith-based youth group, meets weekly from 5:30 until 7:00 pm. Open to middle- and high-school students, this year promises to be even better than the last, with mission and ski trips, outreach and service trips and programs, and even pizza and bowling, among the planned activities! Know any middle or high school students looking for a cool gang to hang with and have some fun? Let them know! THE NET WILL MEET AT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH FROM SEPTEMBER THROUGH DECEMBER 6, and then at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury (December through February), and finish at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Oak Bluffs (March through May).
ITEMS NEEDED—PLEASE HELP! On Friday, December 11, SIXTEEN youth and adults from The Net will be traveling to Boston to meet, learn, help, and pray with, the urban unhoused in the fabulous Cityreach/Common Cathedral program, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Each of the sponsoring congregations are asked to contribute what they can in the way of the following used and usable items:
- Carrying cases of all sorts (backpacks, tote bags, small suitcases with wheels, fannypacks)
- Travel-size toiletries such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, chapstick, toothpaste, shaving cream, toothbrushes, disposable razors, tampons (no mouthwash or aftershave)
- NEW white socks (there can never be enough of these!)
- NEW underwear
- Sleeping bags and blankets (clean and in good condition)
- Nylon jackets and pants, ponchos, and raincoats
- Winter coats
- Sweat shirts and pants
- Long-sleeve shirts
- Jeans, khakis and other casual pants (80% for MEN)
- Waterproof boots, comfortable shoes, and sneakers
- Hats, waterproof gloves, coats
We will put out boxes in the Parish Hall marked CITYREACH. Please bring in your donations this week or next Sunday!
GOD IS REVEALED IN SCRIPTURE—and you can experience incredible grace by joining us Tuesday mornings for our 8:22 am Bible Study! Go ahead—give it a try—it’s painless and joyful! We’re over in the Parish House. And if you’re able to get to Morning Prayer at 8:00, well, your day will simply sparkle!
EVER CONSIDERED SINGING IN THE CHOIR? COME TRY US OUT! Our Thursday rehearsals from 5:00 to 6:30 pm are OPEN TO EVERYONE to see if they’d like to give choir a go.
JUST GIVE US A TRY—YOU’LL LOVE YOUR TIME SINGING WITH US! No experience necessary, but you should be able to carry a tune…
OUR NURSERY IS OPENevery Sunday during our 10:00 worship. Feel free to bring your children (up through age 5) over to the Parish House at the beginning of worship—we’ll bring them back in time to celebrate the Great Thanksgiving together as one big family.
THE HUNGRY SHALL BE FED…with your help! PLEASE begin to help us collect non-perishable food items for our hungry friends and neighbors on the Island, by bringing in something each week and placing them in the ISLAND FOOD PANTRY collection box in the Parish Hall. AND—if you can, please consider placing a donation (cash or check in the offering envelopes in the pews, and leaving it in the collection plate. Your loving help goes a long way!
“The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.”
Wardens: Bonnie Deitz and Chris White
Treasurer: Wesley Brown
Parish Clerk: Sandy Mott
Members at Large:
Claudia Metell, Pam Monterosso, Caroline Evans, Susan Weibel, Hans von Steiger and Carl Malmquist